Mission of Armory Arts Week
In its sixteen years, The Armory Show, Americas leading fine art fair devoted to the most important art of the 20th and 21st centuries, has become an international institution, bringing artists, galleries, collectors, critics and curators from all over the world to New York every March. Armory Arts Week strives to take advantage of this yearly convergence of the worlds top collectors and art enthusiasts by proudly consolidating and promoting a diverse selection of our citys own cultural offerings.
In celebration of New Yorks unparalleled artistic communities, Armory Arts Week works to highlight the distinct art scenes of our citys multiple neighborhoods and boroughs. Throughout the week of The Armory Show, we promote a different neighborhood each day with cultural events for all levels of visitors. Past events have included special receptions, open studios, art tours, museum discounts, performances, panels, and artist discussions.
This concept of a week of arts-related events was born out of the festivities and widely-felt excitement generated by The Armory Show, and was formalized with the support of the city in 2009. Since then, Armory Arts Week has continued to expand its reach throughout all five boroughs of New York. From elaborate benefit parties to interactive public programming, The Armory Show hopes that Armory Arts Week will continue to enrich the public through the promotion of New Yorks exceptional arts-related events.
Armory Arts Week Audience
Armory Arts Week attracts not only residents of New York City and the Tri-State area but visitors from all over the world. According to a 2007 independent economic impact study, of the 52,000 visitors to The Armory Show, 56 percent (29,000) were visitors to New York City; out-of- town visitors were comprised of 11,000 from other countries, 5,000 living in the suburbs of NYC, and 13,000 from elsewhere in the United States; among all out-of-town visitors, 73 percent cited The Armory Show as their primary reason for being in New York City. With this years Focus on China, the number of foreign attendees promises to exceed that of previous years.
Armory Arts Week 2014 Public Programming
Tuesday, March 4, 2014: Uptown & Museum Mile
Wednesday, March 5: The Armory Party at MoMA
Thursday, March 6: Bronx & Soho
Friday, March 7: Long Island City
Saturday, March 8: Brooklyn & Chelsea
Sunday, March 9: Lower East Side